The latest from Amsterken

“Hi Al here is the latest on Amsterken overhead wires complete upper level track work done.

Setting new back drop for when the MS Amsterdam is out to sea.. Also put a complete interior with announcements and sounds in Centraal Station.

Also got the bridge alittle bit back in shape … Part of the vid is night and the other half is day …. Enjoy I really like hearing the comments good and the bad , If you see something like the flags upside down please give me a big shout out and say thats wrong …Glad to hear it all Amsterken…..

Ken”

Loved the way Ken’s filmed this – first half at night, second half day. Brilliant.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as me.

Don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet. There really some amazing deals about at the moment. It’s bit of a frenzy.

And of course, only a few days left on the Big Kahuna bundle deal.

Or perhaps you’d just prefer to flick through the Beginner’s Guide and plan your own ‘Amsterken’.

Best

Al

47 Responses to The latest from Amsterken

  1. Words cannot explain it. Just great.
    Thanks so much for allowing us to see this magnificent
    layout in both night and day configurations.

  2. Wonderful work Ken.

    I was wondering if anybody has any ideas about how to prevent effects like the shadow of the windmill turning on the backdrop.

    Thanks for the great video.

  3. Very WELL DONE……….I’M JUST STARTING, HAD ALL TRAINS PACKED AWAY SINCE THE 50’S…………BOUGHT NEW ONES INCLUDING N SCALE……..THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR GREAT IDEAS………INCORPORATING N, 027 AND 0 IN MY LAYOUT. PLAN ON 3 LEVELS .WISH ME LUCK…….DALE

  4. Only one word for this layout Ken FANTASTIC …sure have put some work in to it , this will be the envy of most modellers …Well done

  5. WOW!! Just WOW.
    I am truly humbled.

    NEIL

  6. hello there
    that was an awsome brilliant vidio loved every minute of it
    cheers
    Albert

  7. Great work on the layout. The video was very entertaining.

  8. FANTASTIC – OUTSTANDING!!
    I’m very envious………. πŸ™‚

  9. Absolutely incredible. Love the video. Love the detail. The electrics are just outstanding. Please post more when you get a chance.
    Cheers
    Cameron

  10. Ken,
    That was beautiful. You are very talented and it is well displayed in your layout.
    Regards,
    Barry from Minnesota

  11. GREAT JOB ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN AND I HAVE BEEN MODELING SINCE 1950. I HAVE A 40 X 40 FOOT LAYOUT MYSELF AND KNOW THE WORK THAT ONE THIS SIZE TAKES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

  12. Great !! Keep em coming ! But, how do you
    get the autos to move on the big bridge ????
    thanks,
    jack m

  13. @Don once the track lights are put on the ceiling with a valance you do the final adjustment which should take care of the shadow. Now chimneys and smoke stacks are some of the hardest to hide with shadows. I cut on chimneys almost in half then put it right against the wall .all in all track light should do it nice. Thanks for all the input .

  14. I enjoyed the latest video . The bridge with the moving traffic is amazing. What scale is your layout.

  15. Boy o boy o boy Ken, for a small sized layout, boy have you got a lot going on. Loved the bridge where one lane has been shut for the accident and the fact that you now have cars driving over the bridge. Was that the police attending to what could be a murder or what?
    Loved how you were able to get your video right up to the windows of the station and look in to the interior – very clever.
    The only thing I could say that would make it better would (and I don’t know if it is possible) be to slow the transition from night to day.
    what size is your layout? Earlier I said small because of the time it took the train to do a complete lap and is it N scale or HO?

    Keep up the fantastic work!!!

  16. Ken: Just one word to describe your layout…AMAZING!!! Loved the attention to detail, especially inside the Centraal Station – bride and groom waiting to go on their honeymoon, guy riding down the escalator hand rail, the Lego store, and so much more. Thanks for sharing.

    Jay
    Fairfield, Ohio, USA

  17. Wow!

  18. Really enjoyed the street traffic on the bridges

  19. WOW…

    Great work…

    The Night Time… WOW

  20. Great job!

    What kind of cars are moving over the bridge?

    Thanks, Howie

  21. Totally amazing to see all the detail, figures, etc. especially within the train\seaport terminal, and also in the several micro-scenes. I enjoyed the windmill, and thought the ‘far-off’ shadow gave extra visual depth to the entire display. Such a special treat to see a fantastic layout as this. Thanks for sharing it.

  22. That is one outstanding set up!!! what is the scale? I’m just getting started in molding railroading and seeing the work that has been done is an inspiration for me. I know that I will never have a set up like yours, mainly because there is no room, and the wife says no to using the bedroom.
    Keep up the outstanding work have a great day.

  23. Really nice presentation of an excellent layout. The bridge with the moving autos is terrific. Are they controlled by magnets? How does this system work?
    Regarding the windmill I have a thought which may not be any good here but is it possible to make the shadow of the windmill another windmill?

    Excellent work.
    Dick

  24. Fantastic use of lights. The bridge gives me an idea to put a string of small, blue LEDS under my bridge.
    Neat idea of shooting scenes thru the windows.
    Thanks for the help.
    –Ben

  25. Uitstekend! Really great job, Ken. Love the interior details!

  26. Well done Ken
    fantastic video!
    Just one complaint … the video was not long enough. LOL
    Again; WELLL DONE!!

    Best regards,

    Tom

  27. Everything is terrific .The interior work is truly awsome along with the lighting.

  28. I would like to have seen where the slot cars turn around

  29. Fantastic layout! Love the sounds and lighting. Great job, but leaves me a little taken aback with my efforts!

  30. Hup Holland! Wow! I love the recording of the PA system at Amsterdam Centrale! Graag bedankt! Hel mooie!

  31. A VERY NICE LOOKING NIGHT SCENE. LOOKING IN WINDOWS WITH STUFF INSIDE, VERY NICE.

  32. Brilliant! I keep threatening to put station announcements on mine but they’d drive you bonkers, all the Italian ones seem to contain the words “in ritardo” i.e. it’s going to be a bit late! I am of the old generation that’s used to supplying all the sound effects from memory, seems more interactive that way.
    Rod

  33. Great layout; I can add nothing to the existing, wonderful, comments already made. I have just one request; please, respond to the questions about the moving cars; how do you do it and where do they turn around??
    Again, a great layout with lots of detail.

    Thank you!

  34. Amazing. Have been to Holland many times and this brings back great memories.

  35. This is one my favorite model railroads I’ve seen! I love the realism as well as the humor πŸ™‚ Amsterdam being one of my fave European cities I’ve visited, it’s really cool to kind of go back there in a way through your railroad Ken. Thanks for the trip! πŸ˜‰

  36. I have a question how do you make the cars to move that make the layout

  37. Ken,

    Just terrific. How do you make the cars move?

  38. This guy could be a special effects artist. Not much about trains but it blows away the fantastic, wonderful great, and unbelievable DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Amazing layout, Ken! But I have to echo the question put forth by others (above) – how are the road vehicles handled? Is there a brand name for that system? When I finally get my layout built, I’d like to add this feature… -Bob, NH USA

  40. Wow! What can I say Ken. The level of detail and the craftsmanship are excellent but even more impressive is your animation skill in the use of the motion of the cars on the bridge and the lighting. Well done sir!!

  41. Really raises model railroading to a new level.

  42. Pastor Harry here, just one question: How did you get the car to run over bridge?
    Was it done with a rubber belt and spools or magnetics?

  43. Stunning !!

  44. This is modelling at its best. Suggest a dimmer switch for your night to day.

  45. Simply fantastic!!!! So much neat stuff going on. And of course the autos crossing the bridge, well just great. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim AZ

  46. Absolutely one of the nicest I’ve seen in some time. The slow turning windmill was an added delight.
    I was wondering how you did your automobile bridge with the working autos on it…

  47. What do you think is the best way to fasten the road bed to the deck? I have several and am looking for your advice.

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